Need To Know

DEFINITELY NOT A HOTEL. Perhaps the biggest difference to a hotel is that we cannot accept spontaneous [early] arrivals: We must expect you, and be ready to welcome you, to accept you on-site. Contact us at least 24–48 hours in advance, to request earlier than standard / booked arrival time. About late arrival [later than 9:00 PM] This is never a problem if we are aware in advance: Tell Amanda about this as soon as possible, including leaving a message in the comments box when reserving.
TRANSPORT: You will need a car to reach us, and to consider a stay at this location. Read Why You Need a Car To Enjoy Rural Tuscany
LOCATION: Our very carefully chosen location is an ideal launch pad from which to discover Southern Tuscany. Read Where to Base Yourself in Tuscany as well as an idyllic home base for lazy poolside days. A typical stay is around five nights long.
FOOD: We offer the opportunity to cook/prepare your own food, on all whole days of your stay. It’s so easy to rustle up a gourmet Summer meal in our area [with virtually no actual cooking] and impossible to resist the local specialities offered in the hill towns. We have a double-equipped modern garden kitchen and 2 BBQs exclusively for our guests.
LOCAL RESTAURANTS: We are well served for eating out, with several excellent restaurants close by—including a historic steak house, at our neighbour’s organic ranch, one mile away. There are good places to enjoy local specialities within a few minutes’ drive in all directions: Read about our local favourites at our Local Restaurants page. Weekend nights must be booked in advance. We are happy to reserve for you, email us.
PLEASE NOTE: Nothing, including supermarkets, is accessible on foot!

BREAKFAST: Breakfast varies with the seasons and is 100% made from scratch. Our wonderful pastured duck and chicken eggs feature for most of the year. Home baked pâtisserie, fresh from the oven, fresh cut local seasonal fruit and Malvin’s 100% homemade yogurt, bread, butter, and preserves are available year round. Breakfast is served from 9:00 AM.

THE FARM: This property is essentially a luxury homestead or ‘Podere’ and we continue the tradition of keeping some heritage breed livestock: We have a very special breed of bantam, typical for these types of farmhouses until the 1950s, as well as a few ducks and geese. The birds are hand reared by us and used to people—they will ignore you and go about their business. The larger birds are excluded from the areas you will use, including the pool gardens, but the little Bantams, who can fly, cannot be wholly contained, but give so much personality to the gardens. As an Agriturismo [or farm stay property], we produce Wild Harvest quality Saffron and Olive oil.